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People travel to Europe for all kinds of reasons - rich historical and cultural background, monumental sites, a wide variety of cuisines, and, of course, beautiful landscapes. There are endless rural or urbanized cityscapes, rich and very well-developed, and they usually make their way to itineraries.


Bridges are often a huge part of these landscapes, and while it is quite easy to plan a trip to see the most famous ones, travelers tend to forget that there are lesser-known yet just as magnificent ones! So, check out our recommendations of the top 5 underrated bridges in Europe to see with your own eyes! 


  1. Pont Neuf, Paris


While there are up to thirty crossings and bridges over the River Seine, a signature body-water here in France, Pont Neuf might just be the most significant one, yet quite often overlooked. 


Connecting Ile de la Cite island and the central city, Pont Neuf is actually the oldest standing crossing over the River Seine. Its construction began in the 16th century, and it is still one of the most beautiful and essential pieces of the cityscape, which says a lot, knowing it is Paris we are talking about! 


The bridge comprises two separate spans, with arches on both banks. The sides are decorated with 381 mascarons - stone masks representing forest and field divinities from ancient mythology, giving it even more of a magical look! Make sure you cross it the next time you are in Paris! 


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